The College Essay Formula Has Expired

We can do better than a humble brag

Paul Greenberg

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Illustration by Paul and Felix Barman

As we approach the end of 2022, I’ve asked a few people whose words and wisdom I deeply respect to share what’s been on their minds. Here is the poet, educator and hip hop artist Paul Barman with some thoughts about his year’s biggest challenge: helping a son apply to college.

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Paul Greenberg

New York Times bestselling author of Four Fish as well as The Climate Diet and Goodbye Phone, Hello World paulgreenberg.org